The journey to zero waste begins with a single step - or whatever that saying is.
When I began to consider changing my wasteful ways, the first thing I thought about were all of the things that I have to use on a daily basis that are needlessly coated in plastic. I could start listing things, but the point of this blog is not to overwhelm you; it's to help draw attention to what you already buy and how simple it is to substitute that item with a sustainable version of the same item.
So let me ask you. How many tubes of toothpaste do you think you've gone through so far this year? Last year? In your life? Consider that everyone you know has probably used the around same amount.
Now consider that every single one of those tubes is still on the earth.
I've been using Bite Toothpaste Bits for about five months now.
Here's what I like about them:
To use Bite Toothpaste Bits you stick a single bit in your mouth, bite down on it to make it into a dust, and then start brushing with a wet toothbrush.
Taste. I have only tried their peppermint flavor (they also have a charcoal option, as well as a berry flavor for kids) and I find it to be perfectly subtle, but still powerful. It's not too intense like some other toothpastes I've tried in the past which can feel kind of like they're burning your gums out, but it's still lasting.
Foaminess. I was extremely concerned that solid toothpaste would result in a no-foam brushing experience which is a huge no for me. I've got some sensory issues with brushing my teeth and if the foaminess isn't right it drives me crazy. Bite bits have the perfect amount of foam.
Efficacy. I believe get the same level of clean when I use Bite bits compared to my old liquid toothpaste, but the ingredients are cleaner and there's no fluoride.
2. Easy to travel with.
One less liquid. If you've ever been on an airplane you know what a headache it can be to deal with packing toiletries. With these solid toothpaste bits, there's no need to worry about meeting TSA requirements for liquid ounces so getting through airport security is that much easier.
Space saving. You can pack exactly what you need for the duration of your trip.
Explode-proof. You will never have to worry about a tube of toothpaste exploding inside your dopp kit again.
3. Better for the earth.
Thoughtful shipping. Bite products are shipped using existing postal routes and they don't offer rush shipping which means that on average they produce a smaller carbon footprint than you driving to the store. Plus, I love a good subscription - one less thing I need to worry about when grocery shopping.
No plastic. Bite only uses compostable, recyclable, and biodegradable packaging.
Are there any cons?
Bite bits are fluoride-free. There's tons of debate about the importance of fluoride versus all-natural, so this ultimately comes down to preference. I don't mind that it's fluoride-free, but my partner Blake does. We are currently looking into tablet options that include fluoride, so once we've tried that product I will make a new post about our experience.
The main complaint I have is the price. When you subscribe you receive a jar with a four-month supply of bits for $7.50 per month (a 38% discount), equalling $30. According to Google, standard tube of toothpaste will last you about three months (if you use a pea-sized amount each time) so Bite is significantly more expensive. Actually, most toothpaste bits that I've looked into are around this price, but let me know if you've seen otherwise.
A part of this zero-waste journey is remembering that good companies need to charge more to do good (pay their people well, use ethical production tactics, give back, etc.)... Additionally, we "vote" with our dollars. The more mainstream something becomes, the more affordable it becomes. If you have the ability, I definitely recommend giving toothpaste tablets a try because it will only help them become more accessible in the long run.
Your turn. Have you tried Bite bits or another brand of solid toothpaste? What did you think? Let me know.